LA police arrest suspect after deadly hostage standoff


One woman was killed while another person was injured by the gunman in the incident, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said.

A suspected gunman being pursued by police reportedly fired shots and went into a Trader Joe's store in Los Angeles on Saturday, where he barricaded himself in and may have taken hostages, local media reported.

The victim has been identified by family members as Melyda Corado, 27, a store manager at Trader Joe's. "She was pronounced dead at scene", police said on Twitter.

At several points the suspect began counting down in an aggressive manner, Westafer said. "My baby sister. My world". Gene Evin Atkins, 28, was booked Sunday on suspicion of murder after an explosion of violence that a relative said may have been brewing for weeks.

A cousin of Mr Atkins, Charlene Egland, told the AP that he had been arguing with his grandmother, Mary Elizabeth Madison, for weeks over Mr Atkins' girlfriend, who had been staying with them in their South Los Angeles home.

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Atkin's grandmother was left in critical condition in the earlier attack on Saturday, police said.

People frantically tried to flee from the store and some were seen climbing through windows, jumping down and others darted through the back door.

Lopez said it's unclear whether there are hostages inside of the Trader Joe's, but footage from news helicopters shows police officers helping people from the store.

About three hours later, the man walked out alongside four hostages who had their hands up. The unidentified man was immediately taken into custody.

'Yesterday marks the saddest day in Trader Joe's history as we mourn the loss of one our own, ' company spokeswoman Kenya Friend-Daniel said in a statement.

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"I know all the employees", Mr Dunlop said.

Officers tracked the auto using a stolen-vehicle tracking system and tried to stop the man in Hollywood, but he refused to pull over, police said.

The driver got out, and police started firing at him as he ran towards the supermarket. Kohles hurried inside, and he and others took cover as the man ran in. I hid behind a retaining wall with three cops until they had me crawl out'. The gunman barricaded himself inside the store and the standoff began. Other views from TV helicopters showed people leaving through the front door with their hands up.

"She appeared lifeless", Dunlop said. "I look around and I see a TJ's employee laying on the ground, then all the help was laying on the ground", he said. "And (the police) returned some fire at him, but he ran straight in [to the Trader Joe's]".

Police Chief Michel Moore said the suspect made a "series of demands" during the standoff but crisis negotiators believed they could convince him to surrender peacefully.

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Officers had tracked the auto using a stolen-vehicle tracking system and tried to stop the man in Hollywood, but he refused to pull over, Moore said. During the chase, the suspect fired at officers, shooting out the back window of his auto.